With Week 4's early games kicking off, let's take a look at a handful of wide receivers who need to be in fantasy lineups this afternoon, whether it's due to their considerable talents, a juicy matchup or the always-popular double whammy combination of the two.
Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA): Even though Jackson has an abdominal injury that caused him to be limited in practice this week, he is expected to play. With tight end Antonio Gates out with a foot injury and wide receiver Malcom Floyd hobbled by an injury of his own, Jackson should see a ton of targets against a Miami Dolphins defense that is 30th in the NFL against the pass.
Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (vs. ATL): Rice looked good in his first game of the season last week, hauling in eight passes for 109 yards. While quarterback Tarvaris Jackson certainly doesn't give fantasy owners the warm and fuzzies, the Seahawks will need a big day from Rice if Seattle is going to have a shot at defeating the Atlanta Falcons today.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (vs. NE): No one is going to confuse the Oakland passing game with the Greatest Show on Turf any time soon, but with the New England Patriots offense posting video game numbers so far this season, opponents have been forced to the air in an attempt to keep up, and Moore is presently the best receiving option the Raiders have.
Mario Manningham, New York Giants (at ARI): Manningham returns to action today after missing last week's game with a concussion, and a matchup with an Arizona Cardinals defense that has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so far this season could be just what the proverbial doctor ordered.
Santonio Holmes, New York Jets (at BAL): Holmes was invisible last week, making only one catch for 19 yards. But the Jets are going to have to throw the ball against the Baltimore Ravens, who are sixth in the NFL against the run but middle of the pack in pass defense.